Life at CMS

About CMS

CMS provides academic instruction, rigor and support each school day to more than 140,000 students  in 180 schools throughout the cities and towns of Mecklenburg County.  CMS is proud of its diverse mix of students who represent 183 different countries and various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. CMS offers an extensive range of magnet programs in 71 of its schools to nurture the talents of students who have interest and ability in specific areas. CMS also educates, supports and meets the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities. 
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was in the top three districts for eighth-grade math, and fourth-grade math and reading in the 2017 tests for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
  • We won the national Making Strides Together Curriculum Award for excellence in developing and using district-wide initiatives to improve academic progress.
  • With over 19,000 employees, we have a strong culture of respect centered on teaching and learning.
  • We offer a wide range of instructional environments for teachers, including traditional schools, magnet programs, and career and technical education programs.
  • We are supported by parents and the broader community in our commitment to make CMS the leading district in America.
  • We have a 1:1 student/technology ratio and are a leading district in integrating digital learning and teaching.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools does a great job acknowledging our students and employees. Check out some stories that celebrate our work!
We want every student, parent, caregiver, visitor and fellow employee to feel welcomed, expected, valued and appreciated every day. Consistently delivering this experience starts with each and every CMS employee – from every teacher, bus driver, cafeteria worker, counselor and engineer to every principal, administrative assistant, central office staff member and executive team member, including the superintendent.
We all play a role in caring, communicating and connecting in a way that:
  • Exemplifies our employee core values every day
  • Makes CMS a more welcoming, inclusive and caring place for everyone
  • Helps all CMS staff and students feel physically, socially, mentally and emotionally safe and supported
  • Helps each of our diverse learners reach their full academic potential, preparing them to thrive in a global, multicultural workplace and society

Total Rewards


A compensation range is listed for all of our non-instructional positions (exempt and non-exempt) and is determined based on related education and job experience. For instructional positions, compensation is a state rate based on your degree level and the number of completed years of experience as determined by the NC Department of Instruction. Mecklenburg County offers its teachers a local supplement (one of the highest county supplements in the state.) which adds a percentage to the state rate. Salary Schedules can be viewed here.

Comprehensive Benefit Package

CMS strives to provide employees with the most competitive benefit package in the industry. We take pride in being able to offer comprehensive and affordable benefits. Visit our Employee Benefits web page for more details by clicking here.

Medical insurance coverage is provided through the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Comprehensive Major Medical Plan (the State Health Plan). The State Health Plan contracts with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to manage the benefit plans.

As a CMS employee, you are automatically enrolled in Basic Term Life Insurance paid for by CMS. A benefit of $10,000 is payable to the person you named as beneficiary upon your death from any cause.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools offers the following voluntary benefits:
  • Dental and Vision
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Benefits
  • Auto and Home Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Legal Services
  • Supplemental Life and Dependent Life
  • My $avings Employee Discounts
  • Supplemental Retirement Plans
  • Purchasing Power

State Retirement System

Permanent full-time employees are covered by a defined benefit plan with the North Carolina Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System. Employees are required to contribute 6% of their monthly salary through payroll deduction. CMS also contributes on your behalf to the State Retirement System in an amount that is legislated annually. Your contributions are paid with pre-tax dollars, thereby reducing current state and federal income taxes.

Beginning Teacher Development and Support

Logo with 3 circles linked together and wording Beginning Teacher Development and SupportCharlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has an active department dedicated to the unique needs of teachers in their first three years of practice, their mentors, and their school leaders. Our goal is to ensure that beginning teachers and their students make growth and are proficient in their practices.

We offer:

  • Beginning Teacher Academy
  • Assigned Mentor and Monthly School-Based Support Meetings
  • Peer Observations, Classroom Coaching Sessions and More!
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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